Notice Regarding Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin” Exhibition at Benesse Art Site Naoshima

NAOSHIMA, Japan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Benesse Art Site Naoshima is pleased to announce that “Pumpkin” by Yayoi Kusama, the outdoor sculpture exhibited at the Benesse House Museum that was damaged by Typhoon Lupit last August, has been newly created and displayed at the same location than the original work on October 4e2022, following repeated discussions with all parties involved.

Kusama’s “pumpkin” had been installed on an old pier jutting out into the sea, creating a scene unique to Naoshima that stands out against the blue sea and green trees in the background. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the artist, Yayoi Kusama, and everyone involved in the production and exhibition of this artwork, and to all the local fans and residents who have been looking forward to the ‘exposure. Going forward, we will also adopt stronger disaster prevention precautions for the management and protection of works of art in our custody.

About the work and the exhibition

“Pumpkin” by Yayoi Kusama was first exhibited in 1994 as part of the “Out of Bounds” exhibition organized by Benesse House. Since its opening in 1992, Benesse House organizes the exhibition of contemporary art. It aims to encourage visitors to learn about art in the natural environment of the Setouchi region and inspire them to live true to their own unique way of life. In “Seascape”, the exterior works were presented with the intention of harmonizing or competing with the surrounding nature to create a new exhibition space. “Pumpkin” by Yayoi Kusama, which has a particularly strong connection to the theme of “Seascape”, continued to be exhibited as one of the outdoor works of the Benesse House Museum.

Details of the work

Collection Owner: Benesse Holdings, Inc.

Materials: fiber reinforced plastic, metal, urethane coating

Dimensions: 2 meters high, 2.5 meters wide

Official images

For the images of “Pumpkin”

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9fk1jk7fr47aka1/AAAOf_NTOae-OtsQ7zLwkwqVa?dl=0

For images of the unveiling ceremony.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6jx6xou25tybte9/AAA1VdKC3Obmey6af7AU1k-Ea?dl=0

More information about the work and the artist

Please see the blog below.

The Life of a Contemporary Artist by Akiko Miki

Yayoi Kusama: “Art is endless struggle, art is love, art is life” (#1)

https://benesse-artsite.jp/en/story/20220930-2466.html

Yayoi Kusama: “Art is endless struggle, art is love, art is life” (#2)

https://benesse-artsite.jp/en/story/20220930-2467.html

About Benesse Art Site Naoshima (https://benesse-artsite.jp/en/)

Benesse Art Site Naoshima is the collective name for all art-related activities carried out by Benesse Holdings, Inc. and the Fukutake Foundation on the three islands of Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima. Our fundamental goal is to create special spaces by bringing contemporary art and architecture into resonance with the pristine nature of the Seto Inland Sea, a beautiful region with vibrant culture and history. By making contact with works of art, nature, as well as landscapes and local residents of the Seto Inland Sea region, we seek to inspire visitors to reflect on the meaning of Benesse’s business philosophy. “Beness = well-being” while growing with local communities. communities and contribute to society through our activities.

About Benesse Holdings, Inc. (https://www.benesse-hd.co.jp/en/)

Guided by our “Benesse = Well-Being” business philosophy, the Benesse Group seeks to motivate each customer to learn and solve problems throughout their lives through our business activities in the fields of education, lifestyle and nursing. Our businesses include Shinkenzemi and Kodomo Challenge, Japan’s largest correspondence courses for children from kindergarten to high school, as well as educational services for schools, cram schools and classes, and the operation of homes for the elderly. . Benesse Holdings has also been working on regional development by leveraging the power of art for over 30 years at Benesse Art Site Naoshima alongside the Fukutake Foundation.

About the Fukutake Foundation (https://fukutake-foundation.jp/ Japanese site)

The Fukutake Foundation engages in artistic initiatives focusing on three main projects: museum projects centered on Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima; grants for regional development activities through culture and art in various regions of Japan; as well as independent and co-sponsored projects that support the Setouchi Triannale and other events. Its goal is to create better communities that bring smiles to the faces of older people and allow each individual to reflect on “Benesse = Well-Being” through these artistic initiatives.

Amanda J. Marsh